Brandon's unemployment rate is creeping up.
According to Statistics Canada numbers released by Economic Development Brandon, the unemployment rate here in April 2014 was 6 per cent.
That's up slightly from the month before, when the rate was 5.4 per cent, and from the year before, when it was 4.5 per cent. It’s the fifth straight month of increase for the jobless rate in Brandon, which has more than doubled since being pegged at 2.5 per cent as recently as November.
In fact, April's rate is the highest unemployment rate in Brandon in nearly two years — since June 2012, when it was pegged at 6.3 per cent.
Brandon's rate remains lower than the nation as a whole (6.9 per cent) but is now slightly higher than the province's rate of 5.9 per cent).
Meanwhile, in neighbouring Saskatchewan, the unemployment rate plunged 1.1 percentage points to a rock-bottom 3.4 per cent — the lowest that province's rate has been since modern data collection began in 1976.